Volatility is like a spring. Keep pressing it down and compressing it and it stores up energy like an oil well waiting to gush. Today it’s gushing. We remarked a letter or so ago about the changed mood in the market. Here it is in spades. And it is a trading exit signal, for traders. So never one to wait for the bum’s rush (though this may be one) we have bailed on the Qs, the silver, the Dow. All that’s left in the trading portfolio at this point is too much UPRO and TVIX. The UPRO will be departing shortly. Note WELL. These are trades. The trend stop for investors smarter and more patient than ourselves is back there in Patagonia (the country not the clothes shop). Illustrated below.
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The system has set us a very wide stop. We firmly suspect that the reason for this is that a major bull market is waiting on the other side of this downwave. We will indicate the reentry point, both for traders and trenders.
Meanwhile the market mind has sold everything — gold, silver, currency pairs included. So get ready for a little toboggan ride here. You could probably short the metals here, but we didn’t. Shoulda, coulda, woulda.